Emanuel goes after city debtors

October 5, 2011

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(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced another crackdown on people who owe the city money.

If you have unpaid parking tickets, or bank property fees and fines you haven't taken care of yet, Mayor Emanuel said it's time to pay up. His administration said it's taking new steps to collect on some of the city's debt.

Among them are improved tax audit collections, stricter enforcement on business permits and licenses, and even lawsuits filed against the worst offenders. One Chicagoan apparently owes $87,000 in parking tickets.

Emanuel said this whip-cracking will bring an additional $33 million to the city in 2012. He's going to need it as he prepares to outline his budget next week. Chicago's projected deficit for next year tops $635 million.

On Tuesday Emanuel announced a crackdown on city employees who owe money. He said those who don't comply immediately will face disciplinary action.